Academics

Location
Fredericksburg, VA
Undergrads
3,846
Tuition (in-state)
$21,620 ($9,306)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Academics: I know there are options out there, I just don't know how available they are to everyone.

5 College Junior

Academics: I have a fabulous major in historic preservation. Each class that graduates is about 40 students. We are a small major with passionate people. The work load is manageable if you work hard and plan ahead. The curriculum is diverse with many topics from folk lore, archeology, urban planning architecture and museum studies you learn lots about each discipline within the major.

4 College Junior

Academics: we have many, many different majors and minors at this liberal arts college with is a true liberal arts college with a well rounded education on a varity of subjects you have to have to get a degree.

1 College Sophomore

Academics: Just lots of busy work. The premed program here sucks. As a premed, no one has any idea what is going on. The premed advisor is a jerk and not helpful. Of course he'll tell you how "great" the program is when you visit along with every other professor/director. The premed "bulletin board" is just a board with a bunch of ads tacked onto it; think of what an arts and crafts project looks like...made by a 10 year old. The faculty advisor is unhelpful and doesnt know much about the subject.
Financial aid loses your paper work.

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1 College Sophomore

Academics: Just lots of busy work really

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 801st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 1095th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1095th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1136th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 1174th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandy Nicole
Hometown
Arlington
Major
Biochemistry
Grad Year
2015
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The University really does have excellent academics that should be more recognized. UMW reaps the small-school benefits of having an intimate, focused atmosphere with professors who are genuinely interested in making sure the students fully understand the material. When it comes to questions, an answer is just a quick email or even a phone call away, as the professors are easily accessible and dedicated to their classes. Due to the small class sizes, professors really pay attention to their students. Some will even curve your grade if they see that you actively participate in and attend class. However, this is not to say that every professor on campus is ideal. At every University, there will be good professors and bad professors. Choosing classes without doing some research on www.ratemyprofessor.com or playing by ear is like playing a game of Minesweeper—you will either hit or miss. The downside is that getting a top-notch professor will be hard since the school is small and makes it more competitive during the registration process. This makes it pivotal that you sign up for classes as early as possible, as spaces run out quickly.

All of your work can stem from primarily one or two classes, while you may have little to no work in other classes. While it is possible to get by with being a slacker in some classes, for the most part, there will be regular homework that should be done consistently to keep up with your classes. It is not easy to slack off at UMW, but again, it all depends on the rigor of the classes you select. When it comes to education at UMW, you will get what you put into it.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
246
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
131
Total FT Faculty
246
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$66,740
Full-Time Retention Rate
83%
Part-Time Retention Rate
69%
Transfer-Out Rate
11%
Graduation Rate
76%
Programs/Majors Offered
36
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 42%
  • 20 to 49 students: 54%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • English Language Studies: 5%
  • Foundations of Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • The cubicles in Simpson Library
  • In the lounge
  • In your room
  • A local coffee shop
  • The tables in the laundry room
  • The treehouse desks in Simpson Library
Tips to Succeed
  • All-nighters and studying the night before are bad ideas. REM sleep is necessary to process information, and you'll find yourself more successful if you consistently study.
  • Attendance isn't mandatory for every class, but it is highly recommended. The classes are so small that professors usually notice when you're not there. Also, because you only have the class two to three times a week, if you skip, you end up missing a lot more than you think you would.
  • Avoid situations that would cause too much stress. In other words, don't force yourself into a situation where you'd have to cram in material the night before the test or not know what classes to take during the registration process.
  • Classes are important, but so is being happy. Balance your social life and academic life. Students find that a good way to meet people is through clubs.
  • Don't freak out if you don't get all of your classes during the registration process. If you are diligent, you can usually end up getting a spot in the class during add/drop week by constantly refreshing the registration page.
  • Take advantage of the fact that this is a small school and that professors can pay individual attention to their students. Email them questions, go to their office hours, and (if necessary) call them.
  • Whether it's the treehouses in the library, outside on the benches, or in the laundry room in the basement, finding a place you can concentrate on work is important.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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